Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 18, 2011

Claire Dunnington New Agent + First Holiday Illustration

Here is our first illustration for the holidays.  Illustrator Roberta Baird captured so much fun with this illustration.  I really wish I had the little creatures helping me today.

Thank you Roberta for sending it in for all of us to enjoy.

Claire Dunnington is a new literary agent at the Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. She began working at the agency in 2006 and has a BA in Expository Writing from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University in Nonfiction.

Claire is looking to represent YA fiction, and in particular strong realistic YA fiction, especially realistic and humorous YA or advanced Middle Grade fiction–Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and Jerry Spinelli are favorites, as is THE MOZART SEASON by Virginia Euwer Wolff.  She will consider dystopian and futuristic YA, but is less interested in vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc.

To Submit: “Our general query email is (for all queries–Vicky represents many categories, including nonfiction, literary fiction, commercial fiction, and mystery), but authors with YA fiction can query Claire directly at A prospective author should send a query letter including a brief synopsis and the first chapter of the manuscript. This should be pasted as text in the body of the e-mail, rather than attached.”

Vicky Bijur Literary Agency.

Other queries via email to, or by regular mail to 333 West End Avenue, Suite 5B, New York, NY 10023. If you query by hard copy, please include an SASE for our response. If you want your material returned, include an SASE large enough to contain pages.

No phone or fax queries. They generally respond to all queries within six weeks of receipt.

Illustartors:  Do you have a holiday illustration you would like to send and show off?  I am putting up an illustration each day until the end of the year. You can send a blurb about you and I will put it up along with a link to your site. Make sure you note in the Subject Box. “Holiday Illustration.”  Please submit a .jpg of at least 500 pixels wide to the e-mail below.

Remember you can also submit an illustration depicting a celebration for posting on December 31st.  Please send a 500 pixel wide .jpg by December 27th to kathy(dot)temean(at) It will  be a wonderful way to end this year and welcome in the new.  Put “Celebrate Submission” in the Subject box, so I don’t miss it.

Talk tomorrow,




  1. From this photo, Claire has a very sweet smile,don’t you think? I wish her luck in her new endeavor.

    And Roberta’s illustration is SO adorable :) That squirrel looks MIGHTY irritated and Baby Mouse lol

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